The Right Chart for the Right Time

One of the biggest challenges for all professionals, including those in EHSQ, is determining the best way to leverage data to support your decisions and ideas. Data is the driving force behind most business decisions today, and it’s imperative that we all be able to use it to strengthen rather than confuse our positions.

Data visualizations are a great way to turn confusing data into consumable information.

But how do you know if you’ve picked the right EHSQ charts for your report? How effective are your dashboards? Follow these three simple rules and improve the impact of your data visualization:

  1. Pick the right chart orientation
  2. Match your visualization to your message
  3. Style your visualization appropriately

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The Future of Safety at EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference


Here at Intelex we rely on EHS Today as an important source of industry news, as do many of our customers. It was no surprise that their conference covered some of the most cutting-edge trends in the Environmental, Health and Safety space. Intelex Health and Safety Practice Lead Eric Morris was among those discussing where safety is heading through his workshop entitled, “The Future of Safety: Moving Your Organization Through the EHSQ Maturity Curve.” Here are three key takeaways from Eric’s presentation.

  • You need to move beyond compliance

Organizations that care about safety establish a competitive advantage over competitors because they see safety as more than just avoiding fines and reducing incidents. These organizations use safety software to encourage safe behavior and protect company goodwill.

An organization’s goodwill is the amount of capital built up around its brand name and its relationships with customers and employees. For companies such as … Read more...

Sustainable Performance Isn’t About Preventing All Accidents; It’s About Managing the Ability to Adapt and Learn

AmbulanceWith an increasing awareness of the importance of safety, we are seeing a growing trend of zero accident goals. Inherently, this is a laudable moral goal and if we truly value people in organizations, then our intentions should indeed point to a goal of not harming people during operational work. Protecting people is a good thing, but one of the problems with “zero goals” is the lack of acknowledgement about how complexity makes it impossible to predict and prevent all risk in an organization.

 Acceptable Risk and Safety Margins

Two of the principles of US Marine Corps Risk Management are to “Accept No Unnecessary Risk” and to “Make Risk Decisions at the Right Level.” Although predicting all risk is impossible, risk-based approaches are preferable to chasing “zero goals” based on lagging indicators because they explicitly acknowledge the existence of risk during planning and operational execution.

Zero harm is a worthy …

Creating a Business Case for a Safe and Healthy Workplace

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In considering a “Business Case” for creating a psychologically safe and healthy workplace, we need to move beyond the idea that companies have a moral responsibility to send workers home from work as healthy as they were when they arrived.

During my learning for this post I increased my knowledge about psychological illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, and how they are increasingly more prevalent in our workplaces. As EHSQ Community member Ann Morgan discussed in one of our EHSQ Intelex Community webinars on Psychological Safety there is a variety of costs associated with poor psychological health, and businesses are becoming wiser about them.

I learned through NAMI’s research that, every year, 1 in 25 adults in the U.S will experience a mental illness that “substantially interfere[s] or limits one or more major life activities”, such as their work. CAMH research found 20% of Canadians will experience a … Read more...

How to Increase EHSQ Program Adoption with Technology


Worker engagement and adoption is by far the most common topic of discussion whenever we meet with our clients to discuss their EHSQ program success. It makes sense too. The value you get out of any health and safety management or quality management program is only as good as the people (and the number of people) who use it – the more people across your organization understanding and participating in the program, the more successful it will be.

Likewise, from a technology standpoint, the data and potential insights you can get out of your EHSQ management system can only be good as the source data that you put in.

It stands to reason then that the most successfully implemented programs are ones where widespread adoption occurs, while programs that stall often end up stuck within individual departments or business units.

One observation to be made is that user adoption also … Read more...

The Use of Leading Indicators to Predict Safety Performance


To find sources of leading safety indicators, we need to look at the base of the Heinrich Safety Pyramid. Leading safety indicators are derived from safety incidents that did not result in injury. These can include everything from job safety observations and attendance at safety meetings to unsafe acts and near misses. These are different than lagging indicators, which are statistics that result from safety incidents that did result in injury. Leading indicators give you the ability to predict and prevent injury to your workers, and so are worth investigating.

The benefits of tracking leading indicators go beyond just the morale boost that comes with an extended incident-free period. According to the 2016 Workplace Safety Index of insurance firm Liberty Mutual, the ten most common workplace injuries resulted in costs of over $51 billion. On a company level, Liberty Mutual reports that over 60% of chief financial officers surveyed believe … Read more...

5 Hallmarks of a World-Class Behavior Based Safety Program

What are some of the key aspects you should consider when implementing a behavior based safety system?

In an effort to improve safety performance, organizations are continuously challenged to find new ways to prevent incidents or injuries. A Behavior Based Safety system allows organizations to identify trends associated with at-risk behaviors in the workplace that can ultimately work to prevent incidents or injuries and cultivate a culture of safety.

Setting aside the unpredictable nature of industrial safety events, the identification and correction of potentially hazardous conditions or behaviors has a significant decreases the probability of an incident occurring. Whereas the traditional observe and report method may be compromised by personal motives, the objective of a Behavior Based Safety Program is to find the weaknesses of management systems instead of individual managers. These systemic deficiencies permit and perpetuate unsafe behaviors.

Unless this objective is understood and accepted at all levels of … Read more...

Intelex Community | This Week: Bad Data

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional Community

We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week Community Member Sarah Fuller shares a post about Data with the insights that there is no such thing as bad data, just bad analysis

  • Data: No such thing as bad data just bad analysis

  • How to create sustainable performance and achieve organizational goals through safety. Member Ron Gantt will discuss creating a sustainable safety performance and more;

  • Join Member Gerald Whitehouse in his Office ErgonomicsDiscussion group; and

  • Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances; Correction – Rule


Safety’s Bottom Line: Using ROI to Gain Executive Support


At the heart of safety management is the desire to create a safer workplace, where employees’ well-being is valued and protected.  What is often understated is the influence that safety has beyond ensuring everyone goes home at the end of the day. The bottom line, both literally and figuratively, is that an effective safety management program saves manufacturing organizations like PACE Industries $1.2 US million in workers compensation dollars. PACE was able to achieve these results by using Safety Management Software. Effective Safety Management Software standardizes and simplifies safety processes, leading to fewer incidents, safer employees, and noticeable returns.

In the past, we’ve discussed strategies for communicating EHS software benefits to the different organizational stakeholders, how to effectively evaluate EHS software vendors, and assessing what the best budget for your EHS software project is.  In our latest whitepaper, we provide a guide to building your comprehensive ROI … Read more...